School: An Scairbh (B.)

Location:
Scarriff, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Seosamh Mac Siúrdáin

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Folklore - Farm Animals

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0591, Page 148

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The principal farm animals we have at home are, a horse, cows, calves, sheep, goats, a dog, pigs, and donkeys.
We have six cows. We name them according to their colours. A black cow is called "the Black Cow". When we are driving them we say, "haba", "haba", "haba". We name the calves in the same way as the cows.
We call the house where the cows are milked the cow-house. Hay, Straw, Litter, or Rushes are used for bedding. The cows are tied in bails. Each farmer makes his own bails.
On May Eve quickbeam is hung over the door of the cow-house to keep away the fairies.
Some people have the power to take away

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Collector
Tomás De Bláca
Gender
male
Address
Cappaghabaun Mountain, Co. Clare
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
45
Address
Cappaghabaun Mountain, Co. Clare
Language
mixed